Asarum sieboldii

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Historical Use of Asarum sieboldii

Asarum sieboldii in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Beixixin ±±Ï¸ÐÁ Liaoxixin ÁÉϸÐÁ Chinese Name (pinyin): Xixin

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Asarum Herb

Specific Name  : Herba asari

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected at the fruiting stage in summer or in early autumn, remove from adhering soil and dried in the shade.

Description  : Herb of Asarum heterotropoides var. mandshuricum: usually rolled into a loose mass. Rhizomes of horizontal growth irregularly cylindrical, short branced, 1 --10cm long, 2 - 4mm in diameter, externally greyish brown, rough with ringed nodes, internodes 2 - 3mm long, marked with dish like stem scar at the top of a branch. Roots slender, closely born at nodes, 10 - 20cm long, 1mm in diameter, externally greyish-yellow, smooth or longitudinally wrinkled with fibrous roots or scars. Basal leaves 1 - 3 long petioled, surface glabrous, lamina mostly broken, the whole ones cordate to reniform-corrdate, margins entire, acute at the apex and deeply cordate at the base, 4 - 10cm long, 6 - 12cm wide, surface pale green. Some with flowers mostly crumpled, campanulate, dark purple, perianth-lobes incurved at the base and almost appressed to the perianth tube. Fruit hemigloboid, odour pungent-aromatic, taste pungent with tongue -numbing feeling. The rhizomes of the cultivated forms much-branched, 5 - 15cm long, 2 - 6mm in diameter. Roots 15 - 40cm long, 1 - 2mm in diameter, more leaves present.

Identification  : Foreign matter: Not more than 1% (Appendix lX A)Tootal ash: Not more than 12.0% (Appendix lX K)Assay: Carry out the method for the determination of volatile oil (Appendix X D). It contains not less than 2.0% (ml/g) of volatile oil.

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, spray a quantity of water, soften briefly, cut into sections and dry in the shade.

Action  : To dispel wind-cold, to relieve nasal obstruction, to alleviate pain and to remove retained fluid.

Indication  : common cold, headache, toothache; sinusitis with nasal obstruction; rheumatic arthralgia; cough and dyspnea due to retention of phlegm and fluid

Precautions  : Incompatible with Rhizome et Radix Verstri.

Dosage  : 1 to 3 g; appropriate quantity for external use.

Storage  : Preserve in a cool and dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Cheng-Chuang Lin, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Si-Min Chen, Yun-Tao Liu, Ji-Qiang Li, Fang Li, Jie-Chen Dai, Tong Zhang, Feifei Qiu, Huazhen Liu, Zhenhua Dai, Zhong-De Zhang
Shegan-Mahuang Decoction ameliorates asthmatic airway hyperresponsiveness by downregulating Th2/Th17 cells but upregulating CD4+FoxP3+ Tregs.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2020, 253;112656
[PubMed:32035217] [] [DOI] (I a)

Chin-Nu Chen, Yueh-Ting Tsai, Jung-Nien Lai
8 years post-marketing surveillance between Asari Radix and hepatocellular carcinoma: Nationwide population-based evidence against an association.
J Ethnopharmacol: 2019, 243;112094
[PubMed:31323301] [] [DOI] (I p)

Jinjie Liu, Chong Xu, Honglei Zhang, Fawang Liu, Dongming Ma, Zhong Liu
Molecules: 2018, 23(12);
[PubMed:30513938] [] [DOI] (I e)

Miran Jeong, Hye Mi Kim, Jin Su Lee, Jung-Hye Choi, Dae Sik Jang
Molecules: 2018, 23(8);
[PubMed:30044423] [] [DOI] (I e)

Brandon T Sinn, Dylan D Sedmak, Lawrence M Kelly, John V Freudenstein
Total duplication of the small single copy region in the angiosperm plastome: Rearrangement and inverted repeat instability in Asarum.
Am. J. Bot.: 2018, 105(1);71-84
[PubMed:29532923] [] [DOI] (I p)



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